This document applies to HP and Compaq computers using Windows 10 or 8 with an Internet connection.
This document helps you obtain software and driver updates that are available from Microsoft using the Windows Update tool. Not all drivers and software are available through Windows Update. For additional updates, open HP Support Assistant or go to the HP Customer Support webpage for your computer model, or check with the software manufacturer.
The following types of updates are available through Windows Update:
Security updates: These updates are usually critical and help make your computer more secure from online threats.
Windows bug fixes and enhancements: Update to improve the experience of Windows 10 and 8.
Drivers: Computer and hardware component manufacturers work with Microsoft to supply updated drivers through Windows update. These are usually available as optional updates in the Windows Update experience. Not all drivers might be available.
HP recommends that you use Windows Update on a regular basis. Microsoft, HP, and other hardware and software vendors diligently pursue fixes and enhancements for their products. Many vendors, including HP, use the Windows Update tool to distribute important updates.
The following is a list of some types of updates that you would not use Windows Update to find:
Full HP printer software: In Windows 10 and 8, see the HP support document Finding the Best Windows Driver Using HP Printer Install Wizard.
Updates to HP software: For updates, open HP Support Assistant or go to the HP Customer Support page and enter the model name of your computer.
BIOS updates: For information on how to update the BIOS, see one of the following HP support documents: